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The Chicago Auto Show gets an update with the swipe of a phone

A 16-year-old multimedia company is gaining recognition as a go-to expert on connected devices, wearable gadgets, and tag-and-touch technology.

The firm, Specialty Publishing, owner of Connected World magazine, is hosting its first pavilion and conference at the Chicago Auto Show in February to showcase how motorists of the future can connect their cars to their homes, doctors, health monitors and to other vehicles.

Auto show attendees will get to see and experience the latest tech breakthroughs, including wearables, fitness gadgets, connected apps and tracking devices. "We want to educate people about the connected technologies that are all around us and which many people still are not taking advantage of," says Peggy Smedley, who runs Carol Stream-based Specialty Publishing with her husband, Dave.

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